Anderson Park in Wheat Ridge is a popular destination for active locals of all ages, including dog owners who enjoy walking along the paths in the area. But Sunday brought a discovery capable of making any pet lover shudder: several animals, including a goat, that had been beheaded. Continue for the ... More >>
The residents of one five-block stretch of Edgewater have every reason to be freaked out this morning. Yesterday, two kidnapping attempts took place within five blocks of each other -- and only five hours apart. And while there's been an arrest in the first case, with multiple sex offender Dennis Wi ... More >>
Hit-and-run drivers are well known for leaving strangers hurt or killed by their actions -- but did Alton Kirkland also abandon his significant other and two of his children after a crash that left them injured as well? That's among the possibilities in the latest hit-and-run in a season full of th ... More >>
The flooding that's swamped so many communities would seem to provide plenty of repair work for people who specialize in flooring and landscaping -- but not necessarily roofing. According to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, though, roofing scammers are leading the pack when it comes to potentiall ... More >>
Wheat Ridge's Leann Meyer was reported missing more than four months ago; see our previous coverage below. Now, authorities confirm that her remains were found in Park County -- and they've identified Melissa Miller, Meyer's former roommate, as a person of interest in the case. Miller's not talking ... More >>
We've all heard (or experienced) stories about people who return home to find their spouse in bed with a stranger. But what if the naked person in the arms of an unknown guy is your grandmother? That's what happened in the case of an 81-year-old victim's granddaughter. And the circumstances that le ... More >>
Ever heard someone described as being so greedy that she would steal from her own mother? Well, that particular shoe fits Judith Eakins, 53, as if it was made for her, since she did steal from her own mother, a 92 year old with dementia who died last month. But that's not the only reason Eakins is ... More >>
Update: We've been following a series of surprising incidents involving Gunsmoke Guns, a Wheat Ridge store that served as the setting of American Guns, a reality TV series that was recently canceled by the Discovery Channel; see our previous coverage below. First, there was a robbery. Then, there w ... More >>
On February 23, Wheat Ridge resident Leann Meyer, nicknamed Annie, had a phone conversation with a friend. That's the last time anyone has spoken to her. The Wheat Ridge Police Department hasn't called her disappearance a result of foul play thus far. But the search for her has grown as the story h ... More >>
It's been a rough patch for Wheat Ridge-based Gunsmoke Guns. First, American Guns, the Discovery Channel show set at the business, was cancelled in what some have interpreted as fallout from the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. And now, the arms-heavy shop has been ... More >>
On August 26, Gary Haney, forty, was shot and killed at a Wheat Ridge Ramada Inn after a long standoff with a SWAT team. Afterward, accounts like this one noted his past criminal history, but not his previous self-created image as the "cunning but kindhearted Big Daddy of Denver's nightlife" -- a de ... More >>
Update: The Wheat Ridge Police Department has now identified the principals in a Sunday murder suicide at the Wheatridge Manor nursing home as Donald Schaffer, 66, and Joyce Schaffer, 69, who'd been living at the facility for ten months. The couple were married for 43 years -- and their loved ones ... More >>
Thieves dispensing with stolen goods typically do so quietly, outside the public eye. But if Wheat Ridge Police are right, Wylie Newton is a different breed. Newton is accused of stealing an antique pistol from a New Mexico museum, then trying to sell it on a reality TV show.
"I was able to view an album titled 'Homies' by 'Ray Jin' on Facebook." That was some of the excellent police work done by the Wheat Ridge Police Department while investigating Corey and Jesse Knapper, the subjects of this week's Westword cover story, "Buzz Kill." The twins and art-school students g ... More >>
Saul Gud turns into a Buzz Kill for RMCAD students
CBS4Mary Torres, 27, is accused of leaving a trail of destruction in her wake yesterday -- not the least of which was the house she crashed into after she allegedly stole a Jeep with two children inside. The kids are okay, but Torres definitely isn't, given the array of charges against her.
Travis Forbes.Travis Forbes, a self-described suspect in the April 1 disappearance of Kenia Monge, nineteen, has been arrested -- but not for a crime related to Monge. Instead, he was busted in Austin, Texas, for car theft. According to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, the car Forbes was d ... More >>
Big pics below.Meth makes people do some desperate things -- like, according to a grand jury indictment aimed at Tiffany Nicole Weaver and seven others, steal vehicles from seventy different victims. Of the 103 counts, Weaver is named in 83 of them. Page down below to see mug shots of the sus ... More >>
FlickrMange and scabies aren't ailments most of us associate with the 21st century. But Wheat Ridge Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Stigall says they're still around and a very real danger in her community thanks to some stricken foxes, as is demonstrated by a disgusting photo on view bel ... More >>
Large photos below.Last month, Ron Rocha, a volunteer baseball coach for Regis University, was on the losing end of an intra-squad matchup dubbed the Fall World Series. But he suffered an even greater defeat yesterday, when he was among 35 people named by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the bus ... More >>
JV Bandit?The number of bank robberies in these parts may not be the most accurate gauge of the continuing economic funk, but it'll do in a pinch, as evidenced by not one, not two, but three new heists. First up is the JV Bandit, who first made headlines in July before allegedly hitting anot ... More >>
The JV Bandit.Last month, we noted that the JV Bandit would make the varsity soon, given the rate at which he was allegedly knocking over banks. And the suspect, named by the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, which has bestowed monikers on the likes of the Formerly Known as the Perennia ... More >>
Robert Knudsen.One of the most uncomfortable responsibilities for municipalities these days is to inform the citizenry that a sexually violent predator has come to town. So imagine how delighted the folks in Wheat Ridge were to let folks know that one who'd previously been living in the commu ... More >>
Robert Wallace on 9News.The Robert Wallace case has all the trademarks of a justice-gone-awry tale. When Wallace, an 81-year-old Wheat Ridge resident, saw two men trying to steal his trailer this past February, he opened fire, hitting one of the men in the head. But the person busted in the s ... More >>
A Flickr photoIf a stranger offers to show you one of these, kids, don't bite.Puppies: They're wonderful to hug. But cuddling up with the guy in Wheat Ridge who's been chatting up kids about them would be infinitely less enjoyable. According to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, a middle-age ... More >>
A photo of a suspect in a raw-sewage dumping; click to enlarge the image. Here's a crime that really stinks: Wheat Ridge Police are on the lookout for a man who poured raw sewage directly from his camper into a drain leading to a retention pond near Wheat Ridge High School. No big deal? Well, Wheat ... More >>
A Flickr photo So you want to set some shit off this weekend? Because different jurisdictions have different rules, fireworks that may be perfectly lawful on one block may be illegal on the next. Most items that neither explode nor leave the ground are permissible in Colorado. But in Wheat Ridge, a ... More >>
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